Synth Site: Yamaha: TG-55 Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Dave Sherriff a hobbyist user from Coventry, UK writes:
If you want a do-it-all module, the TG55 is not up to the job (limited polyphony with complex sounds, very limited drum sounds). But if you want with a fully programmable synth to expand an existing system, then it is well worth a look (especially at the prices they go for now).

It certainly is very programmable, and the filters are very nice. NB If you are looking to do analogue synth emulatations, there are some limitations to bear in mind:

- You cannot modulate the filters with the envelope generators AND LFO (or MIDI controller) at the same time. It's either/or. Shame. However you do have 2 resonant filters (with individual envelope generators) per oscillator (AKA tone). Nice.

- There is no portamento (glide).

- There is no oscillator synch.

But if you can live with these, you get a synth with some nice basic waveforms, good filters, lots of paramaters to twiddle and up to 4 independant tones (each with envelopes, LFOs, filters) per voice - albeit at 4 note polyphony.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-27-2001 at 11:04
Deepthinker a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
This is a superb module. With its astounding sound quality and all its filters, envelopes etc, complex sounds may be achieved. And having four outputs is grateful feature.

When looking at this module I do not look at it´s limitations. It is not possible to do a machine with 58 buttons. That would have made the price high. Instead, look at its capabilities. To complain about too many menus is a relict from days when digital synths first showed up and people were still used to knobs. However, even if there are good digital synths with knobs these days, we know that they are very expensive. At least, it´s very much appreciated that the values during editing are set with a knob on the TG55. That makes the work go faster.

Anyways, with the use of an editor for pc or mac for a module like this one it can´t be easier.

I think this might be the best digital substractive synthesis (filter) synth module in the lower price range available, in regards of value per money if you consider the number of all the parameters.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-31-2001 at 10:40
Steve Bark a part-time user from England writes:
I managed to buy a TG55 last week for £75 (about $123). The shop tried to rip me off because most of the sounds were corrupted. However, I managed to download about 20 banks of sounds from the internet and upload the best ones to my TG55. Now everything is working great and I'm really pleased with the synth. It has a great selection of sounds and the FX are OK. What a bargain!!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-30-2001 at 16:17
Patrick Reinartz a part-time user from Canada writes:
I found this at a really low price ($150 Canadian!) and I definitely think it was worth what I paid for it. There are some very useable sounds to be had.

My only complaint would be about the programming. As others have said, pushing buttons through hundreds of menus becomes pretty tiresome after a while and no matter how much I filter/mangle the samples, the results are always pretty similar sounding to the original. You really have to know what you want before you start programming. It's not like most simpler synths where you can just dive in and come up with something cool.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-24-2001 at 11:37
thebru a professional user from USA writes:
To start with: I'll give this a 5 simply because the used prices for this little gem are sooooo low for what you get. There's some good comparisions in some of the other comments. I'd say the first comment ever entered is right on the money (compared to M1 and Proteus). It's a good, low priced unit with lots of sounds available. Strong programmability. But it's wave are average. However, the programmability and resonance more than make up for what it may lack in raw wave quality. If you don't have Yamaha sounds in your arsenal, this is the one to get. If you want to crank out some more bucks, then opt for the TG500 but expect to pay at least twice as much for it (but you will get your moneys worth). A good bang per buck mix is to combine this with a D-110 and Proteus 1 for a good sample of 3 very popular late 80's, early 90's synths.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-20-2001 at 04:34
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